Eagles host powerful Saks squad

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Saks (6-0, 4-0) at Hokes Bluff (2-4, 2-2)

Last week: Cherokee County 28, Hokes Bluff 14; Saks 52, Crossville 8

Last meeting: Saks 27, Hokes Bluff 0 (2011)

Series record: Hokes Bluff leads 5-4

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

A team that many say could win the Class 4A state title comes calling at Hokes Bluff this week.

“I haven’t found a weakness on (Saks) yet,” Eagles coach Mike Robertson said. “They’re fast, they’re strong and they’re gritty.”

Robertson said that the Wildcats have a good running game, plus a good quarterback who can throw. Add to that a receiving corps that knows how to catch.

“And they’ve got great speed on defense,” Robertson added. “They swarm to the football.”

Hokes Bluff, meanwhile, is suffering from injuries. Five starters didn’t play last week.

“But we’ve had some youngsters to step up,” Robertson said. “We’ve had some freshmen and sophomores play really well. And our junior varsity team is 5-0. Hopefully, we’re building for the future.”

Last week for the Eagles, Cam Dowdy finished with 85 yards on 10 carries. 

Landon Johnson completed 6-of-19 passes for 58 yards, while Phillip Ward caught three passes for 57 yards.

Ward finished with 17 tackles, while Noah Click had 15. Ward also had an interception. 

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